For all you wanderlusters out there – this is the stuff travel beauty kit dreams are made of. While I don’t get to travel as much as I used to (and as much as I’d like to,) I came across this brilliant new set, Sephora’s Beauty on the Fly, and it’s pretty much got me ready to pack my bags. The 12-piece(!) collection of mini beauty essentials for hair, face and body includes some classic favourites (Origins GinZing eye cream, Ole Henriksen Truth Serum) and some exciting new bits thrown in too (Vita Liberata Neroli & Argan Milk Broad Spectrum SPF 50.) *Full list of products below.
*Included: Reuseable travel bag, Living Proof Perfect Hair Day Shampoo, Living Proof Perfect Hair Day Conditioner, Alterna Caviar CC Cream for Hair, Algenist GENIUS Ultimate Anti-Aging Melting Cleanser,Glamglow Youthmud Tinglexfoliate Treatment,Origins GinZing Refreshing Eye Cream, Vita Liberata Neroli & Argan Milk Broad Spectrum SPF 50, First Aid Beauty Face Cleanser, Kate Somerville ExfoliKate Intensive Exfoliating Treatment, Ole Henriksen Truth Serum Collagen Booster, Fresh Lotus Youth Preserve Face Cream, Josie Maran Whipped Argan Oil Body Butter in Sweet Citrus
What you you think of this collection of products?
Whether it’s a quick jaunt home for the weekend to visit family or a week-long getaway, packing a travel makeup kit can vary from either a simple sunscreen and lip balm combo to an entire cosmetics counter in a bag. Whatever the occasion, the Urban Decay ‘Naked On The Run’ palette is a pretty efficient and space-saving way to go in terms of your travelling beauty arsenal. I’ll admit when I first held this palette in my hands it was bigger than what I imagined, but tested it out in my average sized toiletries bag and it fit just fine. The packaging is quite sturdy, so it wouldn’t be an issue to just toss it in your suitcase/travel bag as is without any worries.
If you’re already a fan of the Naked series palettes this is a spot-on take on having all of those separate collections rolled into one neat complete set. The palette includes 6 neutral and versatile eye shadow shades including an illuminating all-over colour ‘5050’ along with both matte and metallic shades ‘Dive’ (metallic rose/gold), ‘Fix’ (a matte taupe), ‘Resist’ (metallic taupe), ‘Dare’ (medium brown matte) and ‘Stun’ (metallic bronze/light gold shimmer.)
Left to right are the shades: Dive, Fix, Resist, Dare, Stun
On top of that, you also have a blusher and bronzer option included, which I think (along with the mascara) are the most handy to have as they can be quickly and easily applied to add just that little something without getting all made up.
The 24/7 Eye Pencil is nice, it glides on pretty smooth and didn’t have any smudging issues which is a plus. Not a massive fan of the lip gloss (mainly due to the shade and shimmer factor and the fact that lip gloss isn’t a go-to for me) but you do get a full-size product and the formula is a winner. The Perversion Mascara is in the shade ‘Blackest Black’ and includes Hairdensyl, which is supposed to support lash growth.
When in doubt, it’s always best to go minimal I say, and with this palette you’re pretty much covered whether you’re going for a complete look or just need a product or two.
As the colder temps make way for warmer days, the dry scaly lips of winter are also (hopefully!) going to be a thing of the seasons past. With the lack of winter winds whipping your hair or your scarf into your face why not take a chance at bringing lip gloss back into the mix (and onto your lips of course!) The ‘Be Legendary Lip Gloss’ by Smashbox is a glassy, lightweight and non-sticky formula that comes in a range of colours from subtle peachy nudes to bright pinks to vivid reds and plums, including these three picks: Legendary (a bright, true red); Azalea (bright pink fuchsia); and Pout (a pearlescent pink.)
While I’m definitely more of a balm or lipstick formula kind of gal, these glosses are really easy to apply and are blendable without being the dreaded sticky hair-magnet that usually keeps me well away from any gloss formulas. What formula do you prefer: a gloss, balm or lipstick?
So we’ve officially sprung into the first day of Spring, and although the mornings are still frosty and stubborn patches of snow still sparkle the ground, there’s no doubt that it’s the season to think pink. With that in mind, it’s time to officially bring the blush back with these rosy hued picks for eyes and cheeks.
It’s no secret that I’m a fan of pretty much all of Clinique’s ‘chubby stick’ offerings (the eye shadow tint in ‘Ample Amber’ is my daily go-to) and the brand’s Clinique Chubby Stick Cheek Colour Balm in ‘Roly Poly Rosy’, which is Spring-esque tawny/coral hue, is pretty much a pick-me-up in a stick. Swipe onto the cheeks and blend, it’s pretty fail-safe with no mirror required. *Swatches below.
Now, while you might not instantly think pink when it comes to eye shadow, the newest Clinique Chubby Stick Shadow Tint for Eyes in ‘Biggest Blossom’ is a ‘pearlescent golden rose’ shade and actually goes on quite neutral, only lightly giving eyelids a flushed sheen perfect for sunny and cool Spring days.
*Top: Eye Shadow Tint in ‘Biggest Blossom’, Bottom: Cheek Tint in ‘Roly Poly Rosy’
What are your thoughts on pink for Spring?
Let’s face it, you’ve only got the skin you’re in and as it is your largest organ (and your most visible one) it’s even more important to find what works best for your skin’s health. Forget about the concealers and highlighters, the powders and blushers – no matter what your skin type, it’s all about a healthy, nourished and naked face.
It’s taken many years and a lot of toners, wipes, strips and washes but these few have been the tried, tested and true for this gal’s combination skin. It’s a staple product for many, but the Cetaphil Oily Skin Cleanser is the gentlest and least-drying cleanser there is out there. It is, and always will be, a sink-side mainstay. Another cult favourite among many a beauty blogger is the, dare I say, legendary Bioderma Solution Micellaire which works magically as not only a makeup remover, but also a toner and it helps banish stubborn spots/pimples too. Ah, yes, probably the most frequently mentioned product on this blog is the Clinique Moisture Surge Extended Thirst Relief, it is a best-seller for the brand and I will not ever be without it. Especially in the freezing winters, it moisturizes and soothes for the entire day without being greasy or causing breakouts. Recently got a sample of the new Clinique Repairwear Sculpting Night Cream and am currently trying it out, but so far so good (will do a full review if it once I’ve made up my mind.)
Also, once a week, try treating yourself to a good face mask. Not only is it good for your skin but it’s a good reason to take a few minutes to sit back, relax and reflect. There are amazing finds in the drug store, like my current fave, which is still the Amie Spring Clean Deep Cleansing Mask that I wrote a post about a few months back. The Boscia Green Tea Mask is also super if you are feeling a wee bit fancier.
So that’s it, clean and simple! Have you found your mainstay daily skin care essentials?
Less is more – that goes for both the price and the number of products when it comes to hair. If you’re on a mission to clear out the hoard of hair products that’s taking over your bathroom counter, here are some finds that have helped towards a major minimization of products for my fine, frizzy and flyaway follicles. While I haven’t been brave enough to give the whole “no ‘poo” movement a try, my own minimizing mission began with cutting out conditioner (and majorly cutting down on shower time/water usage as a bonus!) and only washing my hair with a light shampoo (Live Clean Healthy Balance Shampoo) which is SLS/sulfate free, Petroleum Free, Paraben Free, Dye Free, Phthalate Free, Phosphate Free and Vegan.
Besides that, there are only three products (all drugstore finds) that I am keeping around that all multitask to extend, volumize, condition and style. Dove Invigorating Dry Shampoo is great for us fine-haired girls who need a quick refresh with a bit of volume – without rocking a Marie Antoinette full-blown powdered ‘do. It’s not the only the cheapest, but by far the best dry shampoo I’ve found, although you can’t ignore the legendary Batiste version. L’Oréal Total Repair 5 Repairing Spray gives you all the benefits of a conditioner and detangler with just a few spritzes and is really handy for smoothing out fine, tangly hair without weighing it down at all. Finally, for those stubborn flyaways, especially around the hairline and part, Herbal Essences Set Me Up Hairspray helps things stay put sans the stickiness or stiffness.
Have you tried any of these products? Have they worked/not worked for you?